That questions is, of course, not aimed at regulars here but at the many out there who still accept the claims widespread in the MSM that Scotland and its First Minister did little better than England and its PM.
I’ve been going on weekly about this since the first figures emerged at the end of the first wave.
In September, I wrote:
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve rebutted the blatant lies from Ian Murray, Alister Kerr, both Brians and many others, including even well-disposed English journalists but the beast will not die, judging by Neil Mackay today.
So, to arm you, here is a short summary of facts with the links to the proof:
- As of today, over the six months of the pandemic, the infection level in England has been 35% higher [5 849 per 1m in England compared to 4 315 per 1m in Scotland] and the death level has been 45% higher [658 per 1m compared to 458 per 1m] than in Scotland. From ONS and NRS data .
- In the last 7 days, the average death rate in Scotland is 0.9  whereas for the UK it is 21.6 , crudely 24 times higher but twice as high per head of population.
- The gap could have been greater if Scotland had been independent and able to decide when to lock-down as opposed to having to wait until late March for powers to be devolved, by which time the virus was everywhere .
- Contact tracing in Scotland is operating at 99% efficiency . This compares with between only 53%  and 79%  in England.
- According to UK Gov data in the Times, Covid test booking attempts were between 80% and 100% successful in Scotland while only between 20% and 60% successful in England and Wales .
- Care homes in England experienced the highest increase in excess deaths at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to those in the rest of the UK. Care homes in England recorded a 79 percent increase in excess deaths, compared to 66 percent in Wales, 62 percent in Scotland and 46 percent in Northern Ireland .
- Two large studies by the ONS and the voluntary sector care home-owner, MHA, found very strong evidence that the virus was inadvertently spread through care homes by temporary agency staff , .
- There is NO evidence from any research that, in Scotland at least, the discharge of patients from hospitals into care homes caused the spread of the virus.
- The BMJ has made clear that the root cause of infections in care homes was corporate greed  .
Ian Murray and most media hacks clearly did not see or care about any of those facts and were still repeating the lies in recent days
In that same time, I did criticise, Sridhar, Reicher and Bauld for hinting at these facts but holding back with statements about Scotland’s by then clearly superior stats. I suppose it’s easier for a retired to be political.
For many Unionists, I’m unreliable, biased, even toxic but American and English profs can surely be trusted even if you won’t trust a cybernat prof like moi.
Professor Sridhar has said on the Independent today:
And Professor Reicher: